Dehydrate your own chicken
by WRETHAOFFGRID on NOVEMBER 20, 2010 - 9 Comments in FOOD, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

Dehydrated chicken

I found this today on YouTube, these guys are dehydrating chicken, it looks very simple and I suspect you could do this with other meats as well. This will save you major $$$s over buying dehydrated meat from a commercial source. Watch and enjoy! (more…)

Power a house using a waterwheel
by TECHSTAR on NOVEMBER 19, 2010 - 29 Comments in ENERGY, OFF-GRID 101

Electricity for free

Its a mechanical problem that has troubled scientists since Archimedes and the ancient Greeks, but now an electrician has come up with a new invention that could help save consumers thousands of pounds in energy bills.

Ian Gilmartin, 60, and Bob Cattley, 58, both from Kendal, Cumbria have invented a mini-waterwheel capable of supplying enough electricity to power a house from almost any running water supply.

The contraption is designed to be used in small rivers or streams ( ideal for hundreds of thousands of homes).

It is the first off-the-shelf waterwheel system which can generate a good supply of electricity from a water fall as little as 20cm. (more…)

Home insurance for remote or seasonal properties
by SUPERJOE on NOVEMBER 19, 2010 - 2 Comments in LAND, OFF-GRID 101

Its often cheaper to self-insure

Insuring seasonal or recreational homes is different from insuring your primary residence, although you might decide that any kind of home insurance is akin to gambling and likely to lose you money in the long run.

The main difference from an insurance perspective is that the recreational home is not occupied year round. From an insurance company perspective this means there’s an increased risk.

In most cases, you can buy insurance for your seasonal home as an extension of your primary home insurance policy. Types of policies and restrictions vary by insurance company, so consider talking to your insurance adviser before you purchase the place. (more…)

Tractor-inverter
by NICK ROSEN on NOVEMBER 18, 2010 - 0 Comments in ENERGY

And there's a plug for your laptop

An Indian company  has launched an ultra-cheap, ‘inverter tractor’ — a multi-purpose vehicle used as a tractor for agri-operations with an in-built battery system to generate electricity,  helping farmers light up their homes at night. The inverter can also power other items such as a cell phone charger.

“More than 40% of the Indian population, or approximately 1,250,000 villages have no access to reliable electricity,” said Rohtash Mal, CEO of Escorts Limited Agri Machinery Group — India’s leading tractor maker. (more…)

Prince William’s off-grid eco palace
by NICK ROSEN on NOVEMBER 16, 2010 - 2 Comments in EVENTS

Not your typical off-grid eco dwellers

Off-Grid.net predicted years ago that the wedding of William and Katie Middleton would finally be announced. This settles, amongst other things, the future of the $10m Herefordshire eco-palace that Prince Charles has been preparing for the happy couple.

We first reported it in 2006.  An old sandstone quarry had been re-opened within the estate as a so urce of stone. Oak was sourced from the Duchy’s Herefordshire woodlands, and  natural slates for the roofs from Wales.  An on-site eco-sewage works will filter waste through a bed of reeds.

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Generator dealers in North America
by TECHSTAR on NOVEMBER 15, 2010 - 0 Comments in ENERGY
You know how difficult it can be to fix an engine or generator when it breaks down in some remote place?  Here is a useful list of distributors and dealers of engines, generators, engine-generator sets, switchgear or related equipment. It covers the USA, Canada, Mexico and Central America.
Dealers are listed by state or country of company headquarters, although sales, rental and service activities usually extend to other locations. (more…)
Hip new hotel in Marfa
by VEG-HEAD on NOVEMBER 13, 2010 - 0 Comments in SPIRIT

Eco-travel web site http://www.travelgood.com reports a new kind of off-grid hotel has sprung up in the wonderful town of Marfa.

El Cosmico has no rooms — only yurts, tepees and trailers.  There is a shower block,and wireless internet in the lobby.  With incredibly low start-up costs, no wonder yurts go for $60  a night.

Inside fuel plant helping push up food prices
by VEG-HEAD on NOVEMBER 13, 2010 - 1 Comment in ENERGY, FOOD

Feed him or feed your Ford?

With a distinct smell of fermentation in the air, and large twisted tubes sending processed grain into big silos all over the plant, it could pass as an ordinary brewery. In fact, the Inbicon biomass refinery in Kalundborg, Denmark, produces fuel for cars instead of anything for human consumption.

Campaigners like Daryl Hannah called for years for more biofuel.  Now their wish has been granted, but the advocates may be regretting their posturing.

The Inbicon plant uses wheat straw to produce bioethanol which is a replacement for traditional gasoline, and lignin pellets which could replace coal.  The wheat straw used could have been in the food cycle, for animal feed.  The fact that it is in such high demand for fuel has a direct impact on the cost of a loaf of bread. (more…)

Wind turbines 101
by NICK ROSEN on NOVEMBER 10, 2010 - 0 Comments in OFF-GRID 101

Could be hard to maintain

Wind turbines can be an efficient way of providing clean and renewable energy for your home.  There are a number of small wind energy devices that generate power and cost effectively provide a significant level of electricity. Costs for a roof mounted microwind system start at about £1,500

Many invest in wind energy technologies in addition or as an alternative to solar power.
Small systems known as microwind or small-wind turbines can produce electricity to help power the lights and electrical appliances in a typical home. (more…)

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